NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- There is currently no federal mandate for testing finished baby food products for contaminants like heavy metals.
New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone is looking to change that.
He's introducing a bill Tuesday morning that would require finished baby food products, including infant formula, to be tested for toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury.
As we know, exposure to heavy metals like lead or mercury has very harmful effects like decreased IQ and can endanger infant development.
The bill would also require powdered infant formula manufacturers to monitor for bacteria like salmonella, to establish precautionary measures to prevent future infant formula shortages.